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SOMM 90th Anniversary The Journey Ahead Unabridged

October 2017 Blog

By Rebecca Hiraoka and Kathy Mastroianni, RScP

As we wrap up our commemoration of the Guide for Spiritual Living: Science of Mind magazine's 90th anniversary, we explore new pathways of this teaching throughout the Religious Science movement. These powerful world ministries (and so many others) are forming the future of this organization and the next annals of the Science of Mind Library & Archives Foundation.  

Due to space limitation in the printed magazine and an abundance of enthusiastic responses for information from the various ministries, the Science of Mind Archives is hosting the full, unabridged/unedited versions of all these articles--including a few new ones! There are a series of six blog articles, one on each of the following ministries: Interfaith & Multicultural, Social Justice, Emerging Leaders, Diversity, Global, and Seniors. 

Be inspired! If you read about a ministry that you would like to learn about or could possibly work for your Center--reach out. Contact them. Let's share these Creative Ideas with each other to truly reveal a World That Works for Everyone--Now.     

Dynamic Diversity Ministry!

Bodhi Spiritual Center

Chicago, IL

Senior Minister: Reverend Lola Wright

Associate Minister: Reverend Rainbow Weldon

Website: http://bodhispiritualcenter.org

 

In 2003 Bodhi was founded by Rev. Mark Anthony Lord and his husband Patrick Ziegler. Mark Anthony's personal experience as a gay man in religious tradition and later his deep and personal connection to the New Thought movement impelled him to birth a Center for Spiritual Living in Chicago that appealled and engaged the LGBTQA community in meaningful and provocative ways. Much of Mark Anthony's work has intended to heal religious trauma and create a new and deep experience with one's personal divine.

 

In 2005 Rev. Lola Wright joined our community as a member. She was a single mom of biracial children. Rev. Lola was raised by two women. Her commitment to honestly and candidly exploring racism, sexism, homophobia and classism required Bodhi to look more rigorously at its commitment to being a safe and affirming space for all of Chicago. Lola joined our staff in 2012 and has served as our Spiritual Director since 2015. Lola is impelled by her vision to create a multicultural and multiracial community that explores unconscious bias and healing the traumatic wounds of racism, sexism, and classism. Lola is constantly driven by her deep commitment to hip-hop culture and it's history of Unity. Lola weaves together the Ancient Wisdom/New Thought teachings and Hip-Hop tradition, both liberation philosophies, to create a catalyzing community that moves Oneness from theory into practice.

 

Chicago is arguably the most racially segregated city in America. Rev. Lola's vision is to create a powerful community that does the work to bust down barriers of separation, heal racism, sexism and classism within our own community and provide a model and demonstration of fierce exploration, honest dialogue and deep listening.

Rev. Lola orients her lifestyle and the culture of Bodhi to be congruent with the vision of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's Beloved Community. The Bodhi Spiritual Center community is regularly exploring The Triple Threats of Evil as warned by Dr. King. Bodhi is supporting creative and innovative ways to disrupt our national and cultural commitment to poverty, racism and militarization in an effort to realize a society that experiences our profound and intrinsic connection to all sentient beings sharing and honoring the wealth of the earth among all.

 

Bodhi has a long history of doing project based work that has immediate impact in the community but is shortlived. Our growth edge is to develop greater strategic partnerships and initiatives that don't disappear once performed so that our community can have an ongoing and measurable impact in areas and on topics that matter to us. We would love to be known within Chicago for specific work that we do and the difference and contribution it brings to Chicago.

 

Bodhi has a strong team of highly skilled and trained facilitators on unconscious bias, microaggressions, and systemic racism. This year we have had a committed group of 25 community members meet monthly to discuss their own fears, projections, and judgements related to race. This group is titled Unity Dialogues and is led by practitioner Gina Harris. With appropriate, trained and committed Center leadership we see this as a valuable framework for other Centers supporting a movement from a theory based exploration of Oneness to the application based practice of Oneness.  Rev. Lola has a skilled ability to explore highly charged topics of racism, sexism and classism while weaving in spiritual principle and practice in honest and refreshing ways. She currently offers training within Bodhi and beyond for leaders interested in exploring their own blindspots and taking responsibility for bringing awakened cultural competency into organizations and institutions.

 
 

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SOMM 90th Anniversary The Journey Ahead

October 2017 Blog

By Rebecca Hiraoka and Kathy Mastroianni, RScP

As we wrap up our commemoration of the Guide for Spiritual Living: Science of Mind magazine's 90th anniversary, we explore new pathways of this teaching throughout the Religious Science movement. These powerful world ministries (and so many others) are forming the future of this organization and the next annals of the Science of Mind Library & Archives Foundation.  

Due to space limitation in the printed magazine and an abundance of enthusiastic responses for information from the various ministries, the Science of Mind Archives is hosting the full, unabridged versions of all these articles--including a few new ones! There are a series of six blog articles, one on each of the following ministries: Interfaith & Multicultural, Social Justice, Emerging Leaders, Diversity, Global, and Seniors. 

Be inspired! If you read about a ministry that you would like to learn about or could possibly work for your Center--reach out. Contact them. Let's share these Creative Ideas with each other to truly reveal a World That Works for Everyone--Now.     

Inspired Emerging Leaders Ministry!

 

Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta: Kinetic Ascent

Atlanta, GA

Senior Minister: Reverend David Ault

Staff Ministers: Reverend Avon Drummond, Reverend Susan Zoller

Kinetic Ascent Founders: Dana Robinson, Ryan Schrock

Website: http://slc-atlanta.org/kinetic-ascent/

 

Kinetic Ascent was created by two young adults at the Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta (SLCA) named Dana Robinson and Ryan Schrock. We were in the Self Mastery class together. There were approximately 40 or more people in the class and only 3 young adults. During one of the classes, a comment was made about it being so “nice to have young people participate” in the class. I was caught off guard, because it seemed like we were being viewed differently, and it was uncomfortable for me. I asked Reverend David Ault if SLCA had a young adult group where likeminded young adults can come together and talk about our experiences without being viewed as “others”. Long story short, my discontent became an opportunity to build what I desired. Ryan’s reason for creating the group is similar. He wanted to create a space of support where we can have an honest dialogue about our lives and build community. So, Ryan and I were given the opportunity and supportive space to start a young adult group which we later named Kinetic Ascent.

 

My vision for Kinetic Ascent is an international community of conscious, spiritually sound young adults who are change makers around the globe. It’s not just about the Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta or the Centers for Spiritual Living, for that matter. This movement is a worldwide movement that not only believes in harmony, but demonstrates a thriving world for all.

For all the Centers who believe they are having a hard time “keeping” or “building” their young adult population, changing your thinking. Many young adults innately resonate with this teaching.

 

The only action that needs to be taken is self-examination or an organizational self-examination.  

·         Examine your thoughts about this “generation”.

·         Examine if you really are embodying these Universal principles or if you are just reciting the lingo and following a null pattern.

·         Examine your intentions. Do you want to increase the number of young adults to “save” your Center, or do you really want to educate, demonstrate, and serve?

·         If you do have a young adult ministry already, are you policing them or allowing them to flourish organically?

 

I would like to see Kinetic Ascent connecting with young adults at other Centers and growing into a national community, then organically growing into an international one. In some ways, Kinetic Ascent is already expanding into other Centers because some of us have been guest speakers at Centers around the United States.

 

I would love for more Centers to have Young Adult Sundays where their young adults run the show (Guest speakers, musical guests, greeters, ushers, etc). Kinetic Ascent has done this at SLCA for the past three years, and it has been very successful. Kinetic Ascent would gladly facilitate this type of event at other Centers.

 

Kinetic Ascent itself cannot be replicated, but what I KNOW is the POWER OF INTENTION and having a purpose. Our group was created with an intention to serve, connect, and build a loving and safe community where the members can grow. I really believe that if this not the intention or reason for the young adult ministry at other Centers, then it is not in alignment with who we are.

 

Responses from:

Dana D. Robinson, Co-Founder of Kinetic Ascent at the Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SOMM 90th Anniversary The Journey Ahead Unabridged

October 2017 Blog

By Rebecca Hiraoka and Kathy Mastroianni, RScP

As we wrap up our commemoration of the Guide for Spiritual Living: Science of Mind magazine's 90th anniversary, we explore new pathways of this teaching throughout the Religious Science movement. These powerful world ministries (and so many others) are forming the future of this organization and the next annals of the Science of Mind Library & Archives Foundation.  

Due to space limitation in the printed magazine and an abundance of enthusiastic responses for information from the various ministries, the Science of Mind Archives is hosting the full, unabridged/unedited versions of all these articles--including a few new ones! There are a series of six blog articles, one on each of the following ministries: Interfaith & Multicultural, Social Justice, Emerging Leaders, Diversity, Global, and Seniors. 

Be inspired! If you read about a ministry that you would like to learn about or could possibly work for your Center--reach out. Contact them. Let's share these Creative Ideas with each other to truly reveal a World That Works for Everyone--Now.     

 

Powerful Social Justice Ministries!

Center for Spiritual Living-DC

Washington DC

Senior Minister: Reverend Alex Escudero

Associate Minister: Reverend Dr. Raymont Anderson Interfaith Minister

Website: http://csldc.org/

 

Social Justice is an integral part of our vision of a world that works for everyone. The need that birthed this ministry is the same need that birthed our Center: the need for a safe place in the U.S. capital for spiritual seekers from all walks of life to gather and commune.

 

The need was birthed as a proactive Principle-based response to acts of racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamaphobia, xenophobia, autism, and more. Paraphrasing the words of Einstein who said a "problem" cannot be resolved at the level of consciousness that created or sees the "problem," our social justice ministry is shifting that consciousness so the "problems" are met with the revealed Truth which heals.

 

We are shifting how we respond to the very real and visceral pains felt by our community with each act of "murder" "abuse" and "injustice."

 

We are shifting how we stand as a Center and representing the Truth principles we teach, believe, and practice so that our philosophy is one of true application and not quaint statements uttered by rote from a paradigm of metaphysical malpractice.

 

We are shifting how we show up as individual metaphysicians who are citizens of the planet walking the walk.

 

In the SOM text Ernest Holmes tells us "It is quite a burden lifted when we realize that we do not have to move the world - it is going to move anyway. This realization does not lessen our duty or our socialobligation. It clarifies it. It enables us to do joyously, and free from morbidity, that which we should do in the social state." [p. 270]

 

A world that works for everyone!

 

To be a transfigured catalyst that uplifts consciousness in the U.S. capital and by doing so, reveals the Truth that New Thought  teaches, becoming a major tool used in making this a world that works for all.

 

Ongoing visioning to continue to prioritize where we will put our efforts. There are many good people in our area already doing great things for peace by working for justice. By prioritizing and focusing we know we can have a greater impact. Visioning and dialog helps us to get on the same page as a community about the meaning of social justice.

 

1. Greater presence in the DC metro area.

 

2. Regular meetings and discussions within our CSLDC community and also opening select forums, panel discussions, classes, etc. to the greater community as well.

 

3. Continuing to stand in Truth as unapologetic visionaries in a community that is a sanctuary for people to know that one person can make a difference and a united community can shift consciousness for peace and justice.

 

We believe that there are universal human rights that should be embraced by our movement as a whole. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948 is a good place to start. As our movement becomes more global we do well to look beyond what is going on just in the U.S.

 

Most of our Centers are in the U.S. as is our headquarters. At the Center for Spiritual Living DC go beyond a U.S. - centric view of the world. Our Spiritual Director has family roots in Colombia and has lived in Africa as well as Central and South America. Two of our Practitioners are from Caribbean nations and one of our Practitioners is from Germany. By networking with people already in our movement who do this work in other countries we enrich our work here in the U.S.

 

Centers for Spiritual Living has a Diversity Commission leading the organization’s efforts in developing plans and programs for attracting and retaining a diverse population in its communities and CSLDC continually draws on the resources of the Commission. Our movement also has a Global Services Committee supporting individuals and groups around the world in bringing the Science of Mind and Spirit to their area and connecting communities with each other.

 

Diversity and inclusivity are fundamental to social justice and we do all that we can to make welcome different voices at our Center, voices that share our values of respecting the environment, the Earth and all her creatures. We have collaborated with American University to host events to educate about Islam. Our youth created a video at summer camp sharing their experiences growing up Black and Latino in the U.S. Our Associate Minister brings sign language and his experience working with deaf communities to our services and our Senior Minister often speaks in Spanish.

 

There is always more to be done and we are inspired by other Centers and people also engaged in this sort of work, such as Rev. Dr. Rebeka Piña's work throughout Latin America; David Ault's work in Cambodia and now India; CSL Dallas's Circles of Life, and the Authentic Voices reader's theater of the Sacramento Center for Spiritual Awareness.

 

Our Center participated in the Women's March on Ernest Holme's birthday as a contingent for peace. We wore purple hats with our logo and were making a statement for social justice rather than against a political viewpoint. We also are active on LGBTIQ issues, and speak up for Black, indigenous and immigrant lives. The Sunday message is grounded in principle and also relevant to current issues facing congregants.

 

As a truly diverse community we are uniquely positioned to not only demonstrate how diversity and inclusion work but we can also assist in the facilitation of those "challenging" conversations that need to be had in order to truly grow as a movement for social justice.

 

This ministry can be replicated by way of seminars, webinars, classes, where small groups begin to engage one another and take the "Soul" food that is produced in these sessions and use it to nourish the greater communities.

 

If love, communication (including listening), compassion, empathy, and the True teaching of New Thought can be replicated then YES this social justice ministry can be and must be replicated.

 

 

Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Senior Minister: Reverend Kylie Renner

Assistant Ministers: Reverend Andrew Groves, Reverend Masando Hiraoka, Reverend Amani Malaika

Website: http://abqcsl.org/

 

“I’m realizing that I am uncomfortable that “Social Justice” has become a “thing.” People have actually said to me that it is so great that it is my “thing.” As if caring for the community I am part of is an option, and it is ok for it not to be their “thing."

I had no intention that by putting a budget and focused leadership behind something that was informing everything that we were doing, that we would get attention as something different or special. Spiritual communities have long been a place that have stood for allowing spiritual values to be represented in the way we care for each other, and we are certainly not doing anything new..Social justice isn’t just a “ministry” of our community, and can’t be isolated, but is instead is the organic out-picturing of how we are applying the principles of oneness and inclusion.

 

I am working with the Association for Global New Thought  to create portable models that resonate with specific issues within communities. We are creating a process for communities to first identify the issues that are affecting their communities, understand the New Thought theology that supports taking action and what type of action, and then helps identify programing/partnerships that are sustainable based on the engagement of the community.” Senior Minister Reverend Kylie Renner

 

“Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living has a long practice of caring for each other well fostered by Senior Minister Rev Kylie Renner, Assistant Minister Rev Drew Groves, Assistant Minister Rev Amani Malaika and other community leaders. New Mexico has one of the highest rates of poverty in the nation so we are particularly aware of the systemic struggles that our greater community faces. I joined the team as an Assistant and Social Justice Minister a year ago and we are committed as a community to exploring how we can marry social justice frameworks with our principles of oneness, inclusivity, and love in all that we do at ABQ CSL. Our Social Justice ministry has programmatic aspects and it is primarily a paradigm through which we seek to be in community together at our Center as well as in our greater Albuquerque community. We seek to have this paradigm inform how we show up in our arts and music classes, which are very central to our community, in our classes, our talks, our relationships with other businesses, non-profits, and other faith communities that we work with as a Center,  and the other ways that we come together in community.

 

The guideposts of our Social Justice ministry are:

1. Relationships: True justice work, in seeking not just to treat the symptoms, asks us to come into relationship with the communities and people around us. We are not here to save people or foster uneven power dynamics. Through building safe and communicative relationships we come to a deeper understanding of the systemic roots of supremacy we are seeking to alleviate and build greater kinship with people and communities.

 

2. Practicality/Sustainability: We ally with powerful community partners across many sectors of society and within many different faith traditions that are focused on impact and sustainability in increasing wellness and healing economic, racial, gender, sexuality, ability, and all other forms of injustice in our communities.

 

3. Education: Practicing spirit led social justice principles asks that we be committed to continued learning from each other and community experts so that we can be in a greater state of Oneness and know how to ethically impact change. We believe that learning together is an integral part of the process to healing the ways that injustice and supremacy show up in our world on a very local level as well as a global level. We are currently in process of writing class curricula for a class that marries Religious Science teaching, Global Faiths, and Social Justice.

 

4. Creating an environment where everyone can grow:  This is the foundation of our ministry.  We are seeking to create spaces where every person is seen as whole and where all voices are heard. In this space we can grow and thrive together.”

 

Rev Masando Hiraoka, Assistant & Social Justice Minister

 
 

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SOMM 90th Anniversary The Journey Ahead Unabridged

October 2017 Blog

By Rebecca Hiraoka and Kathy Mastroianni, RScP

As we wrap up our commemoration of the Guide for Spiritual Living: Science of Mind magazine's 90th anniversary, we explore new pathways of this teaching throughout the Religious Science movement. These powerful world ministries (and so many others) are forming the future of this organization and the next annals of the Science of Mind Library & Archives Foundation.  

Due to space limitation in the printed magazine and an abundance of enthusiastic responses for information from the various ministries, the Science of Mind Archives is hosting the full, unabridged versions of all these articles--including a few new ones! There are a series of six blog articles, one on each of the following ministries: Interfaith & Multicultural, Social Justice, Emerging Leaders, Diversity, Global, and Seniors. 

Be inspired! If you read about a ministry that you would like to learn about or could possibly work for your Center--reach out. Contact them. Let's share these Creative Ideas with each other to truly reveal a World That Works for Everyone--Now.     

 

Transformative Global Ministries!

Sydney, Australia

Founder: Reverend Robyn Holt

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“There is currently no Centers for Spiritual Living in Australia - there are 3-4 SOM study groups in Sydney and Melbourne. I have wanted to return to my home town of Sydney for some time and to do so with such a great mission of establishing a CSL Center is very exciting!

 

To create a vibrant spiritual community in Sydney, Australia – a safe, loving gathering “place” (physical & virtual) that both challenges & supports people to wake up and continuously expand who they are as spiritual & human beings and how they can contribute to making this world a better place. I see a modern, vibration-raising, colorful “feel” everywhere – in the décor, in the brand, in the message, in the offerings, in the people – it’s a happening scene!

 

Upon my successful licensing as a CSL minister, I need to obtain Phase 1 approval from Home Office for a Center to be established in Sydney. Then we will need to do the legal set-up for a Non-Profit Foundation in Australia to establish a CSL Center and in so doing establish a Board of Trustees who are able to issue me with my Letter of Call. From there it is taking all the steps necessary to bring a spiritual community into existence - creating the brand, the message, the location, the presence, the offerings and the key people to make it all a manifested reality.

 

There have been various New Thought ministries established in Australia since before WW2, yet Science of Mind as a practical faith and successful philosophy is still relatively unknown. It is my vision that with the creation of the first CSL in Australia since integration and the ability to now train practitioners and ministers through our online education program, there will be at least 3-4 viable, self-supporting SOM Centers in Australia within 10-15 years. I wish for this to be my legacy!”

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El Puente-The Bridge (El Puente del Caribe Study Group)

Costa Rica

Founders/Co-Directors:  Nanci Stevens & Barry Stevens

Website:  www.elpuente-thebridge.org

Link to CNN news report on The Bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqWqb1ZGHpQ

 

“Spirit introduced us to the profound discrepancy between the deep poverty we found ourselves surrounded by and our own relative wealth. Two things are happening in parallel here:  a Study Group for expats, sending our 300 Volunteers yearly back home with a passion for Science Of Mind; and after going to prayer, serving thousands of the indigenous people here as they emulate the principles they see us using to work their way to self-sufficiency.

 

Our vision is to help build a higher consciousness in the world, starting at our personal Ground Zero.

Raising more money and getting the word out to the world is what needs to happen to accomplish this vision. Nanci's first book, "The Bribri And The Bridge", about life as we live it down here, can help accomplish this.

 

We also plan to buy the property around us so we can construct a Global Volunteer Training Center. As another opportunity for Outreach, 1.7 million college grads in the US each year are now required to travel and volunteer before they get their degree.

 

The Bridge has had tithes from Centers throughout the US, and inquiries throughout the world. Some have even visited with large volunteer groups, bringing money and supplies and a willingness to pitch in.  In my working history, I've been COO of a franchise – and am happy to serve as an advisor to do my part in spreading this around the world.”

 

Nanci and Barry Stevens

 

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Temenos Center for Spiritual Living and TEMENOS Center for Self-Realization/ SOM Community

Cherkasy, Ukraine

Spiritual Leader: Reverend Dr. Barbara Leger

Website:  http://www.temenoscsl.org/  

 

“For my whole life I have been pulled by the idea of spirituality and peace. I knew that we should not ever have war, that it was pulling us apart and that we had the wrong ideas. But/and when my son Andrew was 9 or 10 he came into my room and asked me “Will I live long enough to go to college Mom?”  I was shocked and then I realized that we were talking about grown up things in front of children who had no filters to keep the fear away.  I realized then in that moment that if I was not part of the solution I was part of the problem.  And then my life led me to search for peace within, for ways to learn to communicate with people with whom I didn’t have any common ground, and the notion of economic development  took me to Europe and then continued and added citizen diplomacy that took me to the Soviet Union, then Russia.

 

It was not one moment, but a thread, a trail that I followed throughout my life. In 1990, while in Russia on business with my own project management company, I decided to look for the outposts of Science of Mind being taught there and I found them in Moscow, St. Petersburg and oh my goodness, in the Ural mountains on the east side of Siberia. In each of the communities there was a passionate leader and an equally passionate audience, thrilled to hear of another way to perceive This Thing Called Life and to have that perspective set you free to change your thinking and actually see your life changed.  It was revolutionary. Everyone was hungry for it and there was nothing like it. I returned home to California and signed up for Holmes Institute and arrived back in Ukraine, into the city where I had  helped set up a Sister City in the 90s, on September 11th, 2001. A momentous day to begin. Now 16 years later we have reduced our 27 practitioners to 12 active ones - we are only teaching in two Ukraine cities and in Crimea, now occupied by Russian, where we have 4 practitioners.

 

TEMENOS is a prosperous center of Peace, Transformation and Freedom.

 

We are part of creating the new United Nations, not the organization, but the coming together of the world as we move into peace on earth.

PEACE NOW - A Global Vision   This Is An Invitation To Anyone Who Lives On Precious Planet Earth

World Peace will be a profound legacy to bequest our children.

 

Please ask yourselves these questions:

  • How will you live now to ensure PEACE is possible in our lifetime?

  • On 10th anniversary of  PEACE, what will you have discovered?

  • What will you tell the children about how PEACE happened?

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Are you willing to be one of the ones who shift the world to PEACE?  Yes, together we CAN do it!


 

As a former Soviet country, Ukraine is very motivated to live in peace.  As a country experiencing occupation and war for the last 3 years, Ukraine is very motivated to live in peace with its neighbors both inside and outside the country. Through TEMENOS a new program has come into being called PEACE NOW which is becoming the leading edge of our work and global service.  We have a program that has 3 simple steps to find your way to peace again:  BREATHE, Trust Life, Give Thanks. We guarantee that it works.

 

PEACE NOW is emerging as a teaching, a training, a spiritual practice that allows us to take dominion over our energy and focus and when in a state of peace, then it is easier to make correct choices and wise decisions. We are less susceptible to the stress, judgements and reactions that cause problems.  We have tested it for  two years in a simple format of a two sided card to keep visible on the mirror or desk and we know that it works. We translated it into 5 languages and distributed it at the last World Parliament of Religions.  Everyone loves it and those who use it find it is transformative.

Now we are on  three paths for the PEACE NOW project to develop:

A. EDUCATIONAL/INSPIRATIONAL (classes, seminars, training, presenting at conferences and weekend retreats  designed for various segments of communities worldwide including families, the elementary school classroom, business and organizations, and government agencies

B. PRODUCTS (inspiration cards- set of cards with sayings in a great package, books for children and families, workbooks, notecards, affirmation sets, calendars, power point presentations and slide shows)

C. PEACE QUILTS (the VISION is that every country has a PEACE QUILT and why not families, cities, spiritual communities, organizations - doing a quilt together brings us together in a new way across many former boundaries)  Imagine the UN general assembly halls lined with quilts on PEACE DAY? Imagine the Olympics where people carry in their flag and then their quilt?  Imagine the conversations we can have about life and the false barriers we have between us.   

 

We have two guides  - a master quilter and the man who started the AIDS quilt and we are just beginning.

 

PEACE NOW has just been accepted to be part of the CSL Heart of Peace Collective Meditation Program and making our cards available to anyone or any center who participates in this CSL program.

  • In Ukraine we have always been involved and supportive of any of the Russian sites and practitioners remaining. Without a spiritual leader, many of the great developments are losing their focus and spiritual guidance is less available however there still are 4 or 5 viable groups and we would like to be more active there.

  • In No. America, we are now bringing our translated Ernest Holmes material, and with the help of Global Services and also Drs. John and Barbara Waterhouse, we are getting the books available to the wider public, We always intended to bring the learning we receive in Ukraine and share it with CSL communities and we do that by having partnerships and doing projects together and we do this with a handful of communities now and would like to have many active partnerships.

  • We do a youth and young adult outreach program called Laws of Life Essay contest and we have just published a bi-lingual book with many of the winners from recent years and excerpts of other essays, interviews, pictures and stories of how the program is changing lives in Ukraine. As we distribute the book, we intend to support the development of other youth outreach programs.

  • As I consult with other centers and provide support to allow a leader to take a sabbatical, or do interim ministry, what I have learned and the products we create are all shared in one way or another.

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It was always my intention to make a manual for others who want to start a center in an area where English and western model of things is quite foreign and we would love to find a sponsor help us to have the time to take what we have well documented and assemble into a resource for people wanting to do things in a new way, in a land where it is not the norm.  We are happy to mentor other groups. I would love to find someone willing to go to Russia and we would give you everything and walk each step with you.Anything is possible. My choice is PEACE IN MY LIFETIME.”

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SOMM 90th Anniversary The Journey Ahead Unabridged

October 2017 Blog

By Rebecca Hiraoka and Kathy Mastroianni, RScP

As we wrap up our commemoration of the Guide for Spiritual Living: Science of Mind magazine's 90th anniversary, we explore new pathways of this teaching throughout the Religious Science movement. These powerful world ministries (and so many others) are forming the future of this organization and the next annals of the Science of Mind Library & Archives Foundation.  

Due to space limitation in the printed magazine and an abundance of enthusiastic responses for information from the various ministries, the Science of Mind Archives is hosting the full, unabridged/unedited versions of all these articles--including a few new ones! There are a series of six blog articles, one on each of the following ministries: Interfaith & Multicultural, Social Justice, Emerging Leaders, Diversity, Global, and Seniors. 

Be inspired! If you read about a ministry that you would like to learn about or could possibly work for your Center--reach out. Contact them. Let's share these Creative Ideas with each other to truly reveal a World That Works for Everyone--Now.     

The Oneness of Interfaith & Multicultural Ministries

Mile Hi Church

Lakewood, Colorado

Senior Minister:  Reverend Dr. Roger Teel

Associate Minister and Interfaith/Multicultural (I AM) Minister: Reverend Shannon O'Hurley

Website:  https://www.milehichurch.org/Ministries/Interfaith-Multicultural-I-AM-Ministry

 

I believe that the New Thought movement has had a need for multi-faith engagement and bridge-building between the faiths for a very long time. Interfaith/Multicultural work deepens us in our own faith and understanding of the world.

 

When we can celebrate the great faith paths and world religions, we learn from their ancient wisdom. This grows us in our own spirituality and our compassion for others. And our experience of Oneness is elevated to a whole new level.

 

Our Vision

A world that peacefully honors and embraces all people and spiritual paths.

 

Our Mission

We raise conscious awareness by creating conversations and facilitating understanding across religious and cultural traditions through education, outreach, multicultural events and service opportunities.

 

I have learned that Interfaith/Multicultural work and Interreligious dialogue is often the precursor to what I like to call “Spirit-led social action.” There is so much going on in the world right now. And in order to create a world that works for everyone, a big part of this is engaging in dedicated, rigorous Interfaith and multi-cultural education in order to create a solid bridge of respect and deep reverence for one another.

 

Each Center has its own unique needs. I encourage visioning and a clear awareness of what those needs are. While I have a model that I have found works for Mile Hi Church, that may not be the same for other centers. I encourage folks to check out our I AM (Interfaith And Multicultural) services on our website, and see if it resonates.

 

In addition to our Interfaith services we also do many “field trips” to other houses of worship. We have gone to Friday prayers at an Islamic Temple, to services at our local Gurdwara (Sikh temple), we have visited a Self-Realization fellowship temple and so many more. I have found that education as well as a visceral experience of another tradition are key.

 

Even the most well-meaning among us, can inadvertently and often unconsciously create an “us and them” mentality.  Through Interfaith/Multicultural work, we eliminate the “Other.” Thus, we step into the Universal Principle of Oneness in an even greater, lasting and profound way.

 

I believe that as we evolve as members of this One human family, our Movement is also evolving. I see the natural evolution of New Thought moving into a place of great service to others and the world. This is where we put Love to our feet. The great Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel once said, “When I marched in Selma, my feet were praying.”

This is that. It’s our turn.

 

We must now take this beautiful teaching of Oneness and be the voice for those who do not have a seat at the table. We must take a stand for human dignity for all. And this starts with humbly opening our hearts fully to the “Other.” Ernest Holmes said, “Oneness is not sameness.” We have a great opportunity to honor our Oneness and celebrate the glorious differences of our sisters and brothers.

 

I believe this is what it means to walk the Spirit-led life, to be truly open at the top and to be a person of faith.

 

 

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SOMM 90th Anniversary The Journey Ahead Unabridged

October 2017 Blog

By Rebecca Hiraoka and Kathy Mastroianni, RScP

As we wrap up our commemoration of the Guide for Spiritual Living: Science of Mind magazine's 90th anniversary, we explore new pathways of this teaching throughout the Religious Science movement. These powerful world ministries (and so many others) are forming the future of this organization and the next annals of the Science of Mind Library & Archives Foundation.  

Due to space limitation in the printed magazine and an abundance of enthusiastic responses for information from the various ministries, the Science of Mind Archives is hosting the full, unabridged/unedited versions of all these articles--including a few new ones! There are a series of six blog articles, one on each of the following ministries: Interfaith & Multicultural, Social Justice, Emerging Leaders, Diversity, Global, and Seniors. 

Be inspired! If you read about a ministry that you would like to learn about or could possibly work for your Center--reach out. Contact them. Let's share these Creative Ideas with each other to truly reveal a World That Works for Everyone--Now.     

 

Innovative Senior Ministries!

Center for Spiritual Living Grand Junction

Grand Junction, Colorado

Senior Minister and Spiritual Director:  Reverend Patty Rumpza

Assistant Minister:  Reverend Anna Scott

Website:  http://cslgrandjunction.org/

 

The “Not Going Quietly Circle” at CSL Grand Junction was created through one of our members, Sharon Conklin-Starr, RScP. She was interested in providing an area of service to the Center. She saw a need for a place for seniors to share in a safe, fun environment. Penelope Tarr and Rev. Anna Scott are co-leaders of the group.


Vision: The Not Going Quietly Circle provides support for living outrageously with positive intention, and joy; living our divine birthright and dying with dignity.


As we evolve, we continue to seek out new activities that align with the interests of our group. Some of these activities are brought forth from hobbies or careers of individual members. We occasionally have guest speakers and always the key component for the group is to connect and love each other through this segment of our lives. The “check in” portion of the meeting is vitally important. We are here for one another as emotional and practical support. Together, we enjoy camaraderie and bonding.  

 

While this group is held at CSL, it is open to the greater community and we see many people visit from outside our spiritual center. The focus of the group is not teaching SOM principles but through conversation, these teachings are organically uplifted.


This group was based on a seminar presented at Mile Hi Church by George and Sedena Cappannelli, authors of the book Do Not Go Quietly.

 


Cape Coral Center for Spiritual Living

Cape Coral, Florida

Spiritual Director:  Reverend Shell Redfern

Focus Meditation Ministry

Founder:  Barbara Gilfillan, RScP

Contact:  Bgilfillanrscp@ gmail.com

 

I love spending time with my aunts - one 87 and the other 81.  As a Practitioner, however, I began to perceive a pattern – a story that was centered on fear. It occurred to me I’d heard this story from many seniors, and it was an area where I could be of service.  I had discovered my Focus Ministry.  

My first step was to create a series of meditation classes, and design book study groups. I sent informational flyers to all of the local senior centers, and groups were formed.  Many local seniors were introduced to meditation; the favorite reading among the book groups was The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, and one of the groups decided to create vision boards (see photo).

From the senior centers, I branched out to a local library, a rehabilitation center and a nursing home, all groups sponsored by the hosting facility.

In 2016, planning to relocate to Florida and hoping to have my work in Rhode Island continued, I decided to hold training classes for meditation facilitators (see the picture attached of the first class). The classes were well-attended and resulted in 26 new meditation facilitators in Rhode Island. Almost all of the students came from the outer (non-SOM) community, so not only did they receive training in meditation facilitation but also in the Science of Mind philosophy.

In January 2017, I relocated to Florida.  All of my classes in Rhode Island are being covered and I have begun my Focus Meditation Ministry in my new community here in Florida.

And so it is, Amen

Muriel proudly sharing her Vision Board.

 

 

 

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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